I've never written a post-game report in the third quarter before but today I'm going to do just that. Because for the next quarter and a half, I'm doing other things. Life is too short to waste on this kind of effort.
At 2:43 pm EST, I report that the 2009 season is dead. Deceased. Over. The Bears may still win a few games here and there. They may find a way to enter December with a puncher's chance at a wildcard spot. They may provide a few memories down the stretch. But this is the worst defense the Bears have fielded since before Dick Jauron took over. These are the consistently worst coaching efforts since Wanny left town as well. (As I typed that, Zack Bowman was beaten in man coverage by Larry Fitzgerald. Bowman. Man. Fitzgerald.)
The 2009 season can go in two directions. (1) The dreaded "look for improvement", also known as the Houston Texans. This will lead to a couple surprising victories in December and unmet expectations at the start of the next season. (2) The coveted "hot seat". How many more performances like this from Lovie's defense will it take to get him fired? (Cue David Haugh's weekly column wherein he lists the coach's won-loss record.)
And now Fox has turned the game off. And I don't care. I've hit my low point as a Chicago Bears fan. And I need a few hours off.